From sports and leisure to
music and the arts, Manchester offers everything you could want for
enjoying time out.
In terms of sport, there are the
two premier football clubs, and first-class cricket at the 'other'
Old Trafford - itself a Test match venue. There's also the City of
Manchester Stadium, the National Squash Centre, the Manchester
Aquatics Centre and the Velodrome.
If you prefer taking part, there's plenty to enjoy with
facilities for just about every activity you can imagine, from rock
climbing in the nearby Pennines and Peak District to the UK' s
longest - and the world's widest - real-snow indoor ski slope at
the Chill Factore.
Musically, the city boasts two symphony orchestras - the Hallé
and the BBC Philharmonic, together with the Lowry Centre and an
internationally acclaimed Opera House. The city's premier music
venue is the Manchester Arena, one of the largest and busiest
indoor arenas in the world with some 21,000 seats. Add Manchester
Apollo and the Manchester Academy, as well as the Roadhouse and
Ruby Lounge and you can see why Manchester has been able to foster
the emergence of such bands as The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis and
Elsewhere, the city has over 130 parks, gardens, and open
spaces, including the award-winning Heaton Park - one of the
largest municipal parks in Europe. Adding the finishing cultural
touch, many works of international significance are held in the
city's numerous museums and galleries, including The Cornerhouse
and the Lowry Museum in Salford Keys. The Manchester Museum and the
Museum of Science and Industry both come highly recommended, while
the Imperial War Museum North is also full of fascinating stuff,
and the award-winning building - by architect Daniel Libeskind - is
a visitor attraction in its own right.
"When I go back home to California, people ask me
if I'm homesick. How can you be homesick in Manchester? There's so
much going on here." Mark Delaney Robinson,
captain of Manchester Giants basketball team
"Manchester's got everything except a beach."
Ian Brown, former lead singer with The Stone
Places to go